Interment will take place at East Side Cemetery in Estherville. Military graveside rites will be conducted by VFW Post 3388 and Americal Legion Post 91 of Estherville.
Ed passed away at the Holy Family Hospital in Estherville on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010 at the age of 90.
Edwin Madison, the son of Albert and Lydia Werling Madison, was born on Feb. 5, 1920 in Ormsby, Minn.
He grew up near Gruver, Ia. and attended country school and the Gruver High School. Ed was united in marriage to Maytha Martin on July 20, 1941 in Fairmont, Minn. He entered the U.S. Army on Feb. 11, 1941 and served in WWII. Ed was stationed with the 30th Infantry Division and served in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. He was wounded in France and received the Purple Heart, five Bronze Stars and the Silver Star. During his time in Europe he fought in the D-Day Invasion, five major battles including the Battle of the Bulge. After his honorable discharge on Oct. 4, 1945 he returned home and they moved to a farm north of Estherville where they lived for 64 years. Together they farmed and raised livestock for many years. Ed retired from farming in 1986, but continued helping his sons on the farm wherever and whenever he could. Ed entered the Estherville Good Samaritan Center in March of 2009.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Estherville and a past member of the Gruver United Presbyterian Church. Ed was also life member of the Estherville VFW Post No. 3388 and American Legion Post No. 91. He enjoyed playing cards, farming, his dogs and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ed was extremely proud of his service to his country during WWII.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Maytha Madison of Estherville; three sons and their spouses: Jerry (Janelle) Madison of Estherville, Eldon (Joanie) Madison of Sherburn, Minn., and Daryl (Sue) Madison of Estherville; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law: Burneile Madison of Ringsted, Ia., Marian Martin of Staunton, Va. and Carolyn Martin of Gruver, Ia.; many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Orville, Bernard and Albert *"Bob*" Madison; sister, Alice Torreson; and infant sister, Aileen.
The Totzke Funeral Home in Fulda, Minn. is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.totzkefuneralhome.com.